America’s crop rich in variety

It’s fair time — After showing your livestock it’s unusual food time — mostly fried, like Twinkies and funnel cakes. A newie lately is bacon dipped in chocolate. Still, the one food that most of us have at the fair (as well as at home) is — corn on the cob covered with melted butter […]

Too much time spent on problems

I enjoy solving problems. Not abstract puzzles as much as real-life situations, although the occasional puzzle can sometimes be fun, too. This does not mean I like having problems arise that need to be solved, or that I enjoy people who intentionally cause problems for me. Enough little things crop up spontaneously to provide ample […]

Thursday morning briefing: Old newsboys, crop signups and The Duke wins

Good morning and welcome to must reading. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Old newspaper boys Ed Widener of Alamagordo and his brother Dennis Widener of Clovis not only delivered the Portales Daily News/News-Tribune in the 1950s, they started a tradition. Ed says he and Dennis

AgSense: Soil temperature key to crop survival

We are slowly warming up from the record breaking low temperatures of early February. Although it is too early to assess the damage on many crops, reports on damage to different crops are appearing in news reports. The growing tip or crown of most winter crops, including winter wheat, is below soil surface. In northern […]

AgSense: New technologies emerging for sorghum weed control

Mark Marsalis: AgSense Year in and year out, the most significant problem sorghum growers face in our area, other than drought, is grass weed control in their fields. Until now there has not been any way to chemically control grassy weeds after they have emerged in the sorghum crop. While pre-emergence herbicides are available, activity […]

Year in review: 2010 good year for cotton crop

Argen Duncan Agriculture this year saw good harvests overall, an increase in cotton and a little relief for dairy owners. Floyd farmer Allen Deen said Roosevelt County had 75 percent more cotton than normal this year, and Kenny Whitecotton of Strippers Custom Harvesting estimated the county had 5,000 to 6,000 acres of the crop. Predictions […]

Farmers expect strong milo crop

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Jared Tucker: Portales News-Tribune Junior Jasso, a truck driver for Lieb Farms, waits for his truck to be filled with fresh-harvested grain sorghum Wednesday. The owners of the farm, Randy and Diane Lieb, plan to spend their 39th wedding anniversary harvesting this year’s record crop. Jared Tucker What’s the best way to spend your 39th […]

Farmers say area cotton crop booming

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Floyd farmer Allen Deen shows dryland cotton plants in his field along N.M. 267. This year is his first to grow cotton in 31 years of farming, and he said the crop and price look like they will be excellent. Argen Duncan Roosevelt and Curry counties have much more cotton […]

Thursday morning briefing: Crop counts and Lady Liberty

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing.Crop reports due Farmers must report their crop acreage, except for small grains, by July 15 to continue to be eligible for U.S. Farm Service Agency programs. Farmers must report acreage for all crops, including those planted on non-cropland such as hayed or grazed pasture. […]

CROP walk raises more than $1,600

CNJ staff Sunday’s Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) walk raised $1,687. Organizer Rev. Ben Wright said 25 percent, $421.75, will go to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Church World Services will receive the remaining $1,265.25 for missions nationally and overseas.

Will salmonella outbreak affect Valencia peanut acreage in eastern New Mexico?

By Naveen Puppala: CNJ columnist In 2008, the U.S. had a bumper peanut crop resulting in 2,573,950 tons of peanuts. Timely rain and less disease pressure resulted in high yields in the Southeast and the Carolinas. Cool weather and high winds had resulted in just an average crop for the Southwest where peanuts are grown […]

Researchers promoting canola as viable crop for area

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Researchers at the New Mexico State University Science Center in Clovis said canola would be a viable crop in the High Plains because it can be used for biodiesel production and as dairy feed. Science center assistant professor Sangu Angadi advocates the use of canola over corn in biofuel […]

AgSense: Need will grow for more forage crops to meet demand for ethanol

By Leonard Lauriault: Guest columnist Federal expectations are to provide for 38 percent of ethanol needs from cellulosic sources, such as crop residue, wood, specialty crops, like kenaf, and traditional forage crops without interfering with projected food and fiber needs. Crop residue is not viable because removing greater than 25 percent is detrimental to soil […]

Weather causes extensive crop damage

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Hail from a series of thunderstorms last week caused at least $10 million in crop damage in Parmer and Bailey counties, according to agricultural officials. Bailey County Extension Agent Curtis Preston said the hail — some as big as baseballs — destroyed about 25,000 acres of corn, cotton and […]

Stubble management can have big benefits

By Sangu Angadi In the semiarid climate of the southern Great Plains, strong winds promote evaporation and wind erosion, while unpredictable precipitation patterns expose crops to severe environmental stresses and the high intensity of rains often leads to water erosion. Strong winds in the region frequently cause wind-blown soil abrasion injury (sand blasting) of delicate […]

Going green

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Patrick Kircher, left, Roosevelt County agriculture extension agent, and Sharon King, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, hang a sponsor banner on the gate of the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Friday. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico With rising energy costs, Americans are taking a harder look lately […]

Business Year in Review: Industries flocked to Clovis in 2007

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer To economic developers 2007 brought the promise of new industries coming to Clovis. To farmers, the year brought in a combination of a great crop and great prices. On the other hand, the same year saw a flat housing market. But things are looking up for next year, according […]

Sweet potatoes part of Portales’ past

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The sweet potato has been a part of Thanksgiving fare for a long time. Sweet potatoes were also a part of the Roosevelt County agriculture scene for nearly a century. Sweet potato crops slowly died out in the 1970s and 1980s around Portales. Growers that are still around aren’t […]

Officials:Sorghum harvests plentiful

By Casey Peacock: Freedom New Mexico Grain sorghum farmers are reporting an above average year with yields double and even triple the average, according to area producers and officials. “It is probably one of the better crops we’ve had in the past five years,” said Toby Bostwick, Curry County farmer and president-elect for the National […]

Cornucopia

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Steven Juarez of Farwell headed a crew Thursday cutting silage south of Texico. He said they are cutting between 80 and 120 acres a day. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Parmer County farmers planted almost twice as much corn this year compared to last year in anticipation of a […]